mark.diller got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Ebook cover for paranormal mystery/romance/coming-of-age
Check out mark.diller's Book cover contest…
The Wild Hunt
Once upon a time, R.M. Diller got a Ph.D. in mythology and spent his time thinking about ancient gods and monsters. Now he lives in Seattle, makes his living as a writer and editor, and spends his time thinking up new stories about gods and monsters who might be living just down the street.
How far would you run to get away from a monster? Where would you run, if the monster is you? Sam has fled from everyone and everything she knows, to a small town at the foot of a mountain and on the edge of the forest. Here she hopes to live out a solitary life, keeping others at arm’s length so that they can’t hurt her and she won’t hurt them. Out there, in the middle of nowhere, maybe she can discover why it feels like the forest is calling to her, or maybe give a name to the darkness within her that keeps trying to get out. Sam came looking for solitude, but she quickly meets a kind stranger who offers her a job and maybe hopes for something more. She finds friendship on the rougher side of town, where a local motorcycle gang is led by a rough and charismatic man who claims to know who—and what—she really is. When this formerly sleepy town is rocked by a string of grisly murders, Sam finds herself hunting for the killers and following a trail of evidence that leads back to her new friends. Sam thought she was running away from her darkness, but her path only leads to a truth more wild than she could ever have imagined, and to ancient powers that believe her to be destined to break their bonds and unleash their fury on this world. The protagonist of this book discovers that she's a werewolf, and that things she used to take for superstition - magic, witches, pagan gods, and monsters - are very real.
Fans of paranormal fiction with a young female protagonist, folklore/mythological themes, and elements of mystery and romance. Probably trends female and 20/30-something.
I want something evocative, dreamlike. This is my favorite cover of all time (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/436356651378346247/); the elements I love are the clean lines, melancholy aspect, and stylized reference to elements of the story. The winning cover needs to signal three elements (can be more, but must include these): a young, dark-haired woman, the forest, and something that says "wolf." Book covers in this genre tend to feature white text on a dark background (though there are exceptions). This is the first book in a trilogy - I would like to work directly with the winner on the other two covers. Think of this as the first design in a three-part series: Second book: the heroine meets (and ultimately clashes with) her biological father, also a werewolf. Third book: the heroine and her friends clash with the leader of a witches' coven who is bent on unleashing an ancient evil. The main character looks like this actress: https://imgix.bustle.com/mic/hbyted2gdvskmcz9o0yw3bbb7afyz5d3wb6dzala6nq7zusbjk8d51r0c0w7lqso.jpg
What to avoid
Avoid cheesy! No buff and shirtless men, no women in diaphanous gowns cuddling with a wolf. Nothing like this: https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51WIwGSGgsL._SY346_.jpg. Don't be too on-the-nose with the werewolf thing, I'm looking for something suggestive and allusive.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
mark.diller collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
We think contests are a super fun way to get design.
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30-50 years old in the United States who are looking to increase their passive income.
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade. Similar Books: Harry Potter, Nevermoor, The Spiderwick Chronicles, His Dark Materials, In
Both men and women, probably middle-aged and older, across the United States (with some international readers).